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“Sabres University” embraces iPads

Dec 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

The Buffalo Sabres organization has really embraced the use of technology – particularly iPads – for their “Sabres University” program, but as the team’s Web site points out, it’s not for fun stuff like playing “Angry Birds.”

Instead, the iPads run a specialized coaching “GamePlan” app that acts as the club’s first electronic textbook.

“We have all the security on here so they can’t surf the internet, download apps or music. Everything is hockey specific,” Sabres staffer Scott Schranz said. “I remember when we told all the players they were getting iPads, and they all got pretty excited about it. Then we had to remind them it was for work, not for fun.”

Lame. Couldn’t they at least let them boot up Spotify/Pandora* so they can listen to some sweet tunes while learning?

Either way, the Sabres are really taking advantage of the technology to try to teach their up-and-comers. They’re also keeping track of who’s using it.

“We track every player that takes out and returns their iPad,” Schranz said. “There’s also a built-in reporting system in the app. I can go in and look at how many times a player has logged into it, how many times they’ve reviewed a video clip, how many times they’ve downloaded video or how many times they’ve looked at the documents. We are easily able to monitor who’s using the program and who isn’t.”

Overall, it’s pretty cool and interesting, even if the Sabres seem like they’re being totally uptight about how fun the Internet can be. No LOL Cats, really?

* – The kids still use Spotify and/or Pandora, right?

  1. lesbuckets - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    It truly is amazing the legitamacy that this new owner has brought to this organization. Hopefully when I am older I will be able to block out the ownerships between the Knox Family and Pegula Family. The best part about having a Sabres fan as the owner, is no matter how upset I get about results, I know he has to feel worse. Doesn’t hurt that he is filthy rich and has cut no corners since taking over!!! When hockey resumes… Sabres will be ready to role from Rochester to Buffalo!

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